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1,050 Shelters: Another Milestone
Reached on Haiti’s Road to Recovery
Residents in Petit-Goâve and Grand-Goâve and the Handicap International shelter project
team in Haiti have been anticipating the completion of the shelters since July 2010.
Eighteen months of hard work later, more than 1,000 transitional shelters have been built!
To celebrate this milestone
Handicap International organized
a ceremony for the shelter
recipients and the Handicap
International team that organized
this project with them, as well as
the surrounding communities and
our partner organizations.
Handicap International wishes to
thank everyone involved in this
project, intended to house 4,799
of the most vulnerable people
who lost their homes in the 2010
These shelters were created in response to the specific needs of the people who will be using
them. Many of these shelters have been equipped with wheelchair ramps to facilitate access for
people with disabilities. Their creation also took into account natural disaster risks, such as
earthquakes and hurricanes, which often afflict Haiti.
The work of 214 Haitian professionals, with
reinforcement from 18 expatriates from
Handicap International, was required to
prepare the construction materials, set up the
construction assembly kits, build latrines
and 16 classrooms in neighboring towns.
Here are some testimonials from a few
members of the team who made this project

Contact: Lea Radick – Tel.: +1 (240) 450-3529, Email:

Flavien BADO, “Mister Zen” of the shelter project 

© Marion Legrand / Handicap International 
Flavian is a civil engineer and hydraulics specialist. After working for 10 years in the private
sector, he decided in 2005 to leave his country – Burkina Faso – to engage in humanitarian work.
“My main motivation was the desire to discover something I didn’t know: New ways of working
and thinking ….”
In May 2010, he arrived in Port-au-Prince to work on a school construction project. In February
2011 he joined Handicap International as construction manager of the shelter project in PetitGoâve – a region that was particularly affected by the January 12, 2010 earthquake, in the
southwest of the country.
Today, Flavien is completing his third mission with the shelter project. “I think the main interest
of this project lies in the interaction with the local population and the involvement of the project
beneficiaries,” Flavien said. He particularly enjoyed the relationship the team built with the
beneficiaries. “These shelters are adapted to the specific needs of individuals and families,
including people with disabilities. I think this is why our NGO is particularly well regarded by
the population, and why the people are able to quickly see these shelters as their homes.”
He reminisced, with emotion, about an encounter with a family of persons with mental disorders:
I had tears in my eyes to see this child who was playing with his parents, sitting at their newly
built shelter. Before they weren’t receiving assistance from anyone, but with this shelter, they
saw that society hadn’t abandoned them and that people care for each other.
With a big smile, Flavien expressed his satisfaction with the completion of this project,
accomplished over a period of nearly two years. “What a pleasure to feel the gratitude of those

for whom we work, to be greeted with smiles while walking in the streets ... It's a great joy to feel
so useful, to use our skills and energy to respond to such crucial needs!”
Flavien admitted that achieving the goal on time, while adhering to the high-quality construction
standards that were established for this project, was not without pitfalls. “Optimistic by nature, I
always thought we would get there, but it required considerable resources. It is nevertheless a
wonderful adventure that has come to an end, and we all learned a lot from this experience.”
During the past months, each member of the team invested so much energy, and often accepted
to challenge their preconceptions to better adapt to the constraints and context. “The credits for
the success of this project go to the exceptional design of the shelter, and to the very important
work done together with the people in our main office in Port-au-Prince and at headquarters:
Without them we could not have done anything!”
Flavien is pleased to work with a cohesive and motivated team. This project involved more than
200 people over several months, either in direct contact with the program or support positions.
“Many of our Haitian colleagues have gained skills and learned [new] work methodologies. It is
a beautiful collaboration, which took place within an organization of significant size, but always
manages to remain very people-oriented... Hats off to everyone!”
Finally, Flavien says that he is aware of the importance of the remaining needs throughout Haiti,
but he thinks everyone can be proud of what has already been done. As for this project, he hopes
that this was a first step toward other successful projects.

1,050 Shelters

In one word...
- Photos and stories by Marion Legrand -

© Marion Legrand / Handicap International 
Pascal PANOSETTI, construction and production manager  

“This shelter is made to be adaptable. Whether in terms of culture, technique and 
environment:  It  is  designed  to  be  earthquake‐  and  typhoon‐resistant.  There  are 
several sizes to fit the needs of recipient families, and above all, it is accessible to 
people with disabilities. 
... Moreover, it is beautiful!” 

© Marion Legrand / Handicap International 
Luckner BARTELOT, ground preparation team leader (Construction) 

“These  shelters  are  not  only  helping  the  households  who  are  now 
living in them, but also the families who used to help and host them. 
This means that now, more than 1,050 families will be able to live in 
decent  conditions.  We  can  be  especially  proud  to  have  provided 
them with such a high level of security: They can live with peace of 
mind, trusting this shelter will provide protection from future risks.”

© Marion Legrand / Handicap International
Marie Estella JOSEPH, hygiene promotion assistant (Water and Sanitation) 

“The design of the shelter values the Haitian rural culture, including 
by  taking  the  traditional  system  of  “clissades”  (a  technique  that 
involves weaving wooden slats together), which is typical from Haiti. 
This  greatly  facilitates  the  sense  of  ownership  by  the  beneficiary 

© Marion Legrand / Handicap International
Michel VIGORY, workshop manager (Production) 

“People in the area are all saying that this is a fantastic shelter. It’s 
great, we can be proud of our work!” 

© Marion Legrand / Handicap International
Bedlais BONHOMME, vulnerable protection assistant  
(Social work and Monitoring) 

“They’re  real  houses  and  the  families  who  occupy  them  really  see 
them as their homes. Although it is a transitory shelter, most of the 
families  see  them  as  more  long  term.  It  is  comfortable  and  many 
beneficiaries  told  me  that  it  was  exactly  what  they  expected…  or 

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